Excel Recruitment and sister company Futureproof Training have announced that they have established "The Irish Barista School" in a bid to combat skills shortages in the hospitality industry.
Excel Recruitment director Shane Mclave stated, "It's clear to see how coffee culture has exploded in Ireland in recent years, and with the employment market the way it is, there is a dearth of trained and passionate baristas across the country. The barista school came about because of the sheer number of our clients requesting knowledgeable, fully-trained baristas. We have hundreds of fantastic staff that are great at customer service, bar and wait staff duties, they just need the additional knowledge piece. The school will be mutually beneficial for clients and staff. Staff will be able to add another string to their bow, and clients have skilled, accomplished baristas readily available for their businesses' needs."
The Irish Barista School will also partner with Ireland's national agency responsible for workforce learning, Skillnet. Mclave commented, "We're incredibly proud to be partnering with Skillnet on this initiative. Skillnet's ethos is very similar to our own, empowering the workforce by offering valuable learning experiences while ensuring businesses have a highly skilled workforce essential to their competitiveness."
Full Barista Training Courses
The new Irish Barista School will offer full barista training courses, including courses in equipment and maintenance, coffee theory, and customer service.
Senior trainer Eimhear Ó Dálaigh said, "As soon as the training is completed, each barista is able to immediately and seamlessly work on any of our client's teams."
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